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This week’s episode will focus on MDGs 3 and 8 and will discuss how global partnerships can be a powerful tool in prevention and raising awareness of gender based violence and thus contribute to promoting gender equality and empowerment of women.

As we enter another year 2013 let us think about the horrific gang rape and brutal murder of a young girl in India which reminds all of us about continued gender based discrimination and violence against women.

The United Nations defines violence against women as 'any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.'

Violence against women - particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women - are major public health problems and violations of women's human rights.

A WHO multi-country study found that between 15–71% of women aged 15- 49 years reported physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.

These forms of violence can result in physical, mental, sexual, reproductive health and other health problems, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.

Risk factors for being a perpetrator also include low education, past exposure to child maltreatment or accepting of  inequality